Recently, I had the rare privilege of meeting the 14th Dalai Lama at a press conference at my club, the Foreign Correspondents Club of Japan.
Seated not father than a meter from his holiness, I felt the “ki”of a living saint. The Dalai Lama is old and frail now, but he radiates a serenity felt by anyone graced by his presence. He has a great sense of humor and is highly perceptive.
In his talk, the Dalai Lama stressed his equal standing with all people of the world, whether the presidents of countries, business people, store clerks, or street children. He avoided a discussion of political issues and stressed the need for people to develop their inner values. Two that he emphasized were compassion and non-violence.
In the Q&A session, an astute reporter asked the Dalai Lama what his message is for the young people of Japan, some of whom are confused and lack motivation in these challenging times. The Dalai Lama’s message was simple yet profound. He advised young people to study what he called the universal language of English, and then go out and engage the world. He said he saw many Chinese in the US studying English and many Chinese university professors overseas, but did not often see Japanese professors. By engaging with the world rather than isolating oneself, he felt the motivation of Japanese youth would prosper.
In your quest for the MBA and in your forthcoming MBA experience, you will be doing exactly what the Dalai Lama advocates: engaging with the world and developing your global leadership to contribute to Japan and world society.
All the best,
Warren J. Devalier
©2010 Warren J. Devalier